Sometimes, users need to shrink the active system partition. (An active partition is a disk partition in activated state, and only one active partition exists in a disk.) For example, if the size of the active system partition is very large, users can shrink it to get some free space to create a new partition to store others files. So well, how to reduce the size of active system partition? Basically, there are two methods to shrink system partition.
Windows Vista, Windows 2008 and Windows 7 built-in disk management tool can reduce partition size by its “Shrink Volume” feature. Users need to right click “Computer” icon on the desktop at first, select “Manage”, and click “Disk Management” under “Storage” item. At this time, right-click the active system partition which needs shrinking and select the “Shrink Volume”. Although this tool can help users to reduce partition size, it also has great limitations. For instance, it cannot shrink/extend FAT partition. Therefore, users had better turn to partition magic.
Here, since disk management tool has great limitations, users can use another simpler and safer way to shrink partition size, namely using the free partition magic MiniTool Partition Wizard. Developed by famous and professional software development company MiniTool Solution Ltd., it can quickly resize system primary partition size without influencing the original data. Next, let’s see how to use this professional program to change partition size without data loss.
Users need to download this software, install it on computer, and launch it to get the following window.
The above window is the main interface of MiniTool Partition Wizard. To reduce the size of active system partition, used need to select the target partition which needs changing. And then, click “Move/Resize Partition” from action panel or click “Move/Resize” button in the toolbar to get the following dialog box.
A partition handle with one triangle icon on each edge is displayed in the above window. At this time, drag the left triangle rightwards or drag the right triangle leftwards to free shrink partition, or directly enter values in the text-boxes below to get the same effect. After that, click “OK” button. At last, click “Apply” button on the left to execute all changes to computer. Thus, all work has been done.
See! It is so easy to reduce the size of active system partition by using MiniTool Partition Wizard.